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more details re. ferry to Santorini

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more details re. ferry to Santorini

I just checked the website for ferries. To book a specific seat with access to the deck on a regular slow ferry, what do you select. Is it lounge seat? Are people generally smoking inside, or are there non-smoking areas on the slow (Blue Star) ferries? It would not be worthwhile for us to book a reserved seat if it is in an area where everyone is smoking.

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1. Re: more details re. ferry to Santorini

THe GReek residents are really good on this, and say taht Blue star PAROS and Blue Star NAXOS have slightly different seating patterns.

On Blue Star PAROS, Ask for sections AK-1 or AK-2, these are non-smoking smaller side areas, no traffic very quiet -- seating is 2 x 2, divided by an aisle. If full, then as for AK 4 or 5...nonsmoking larger areas.

Blue Star NAXOS they weren't sure about the 1 & 2, so just as for AK 4 or 5.

I think "lounge seat" is in a sort of cafe area, and you don't want that.

ALL SEATS HAVE ACCESS to THE DECK. You may sit on deck as long as it pleases you, wherever you can find a seat (they are white slat benches or plastic chairs around tables. The reserved seats just mean that when you decide to come in and read or snooze, there will be a reserved seat no matter how crowded the boat is... tho it won't be, Worry Wendli, unless it is a sunday nite going back to Athens. Anyway, if you find a "squatter" in your reserved seat, you just wave your ticket -- in fact you are expected to -- and away they must go.

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2. Re: more details re. ferry to Santorini

The Blue Star ferries have a couple of different levels of economy seating. The basic ticket allows you to choose your own spot in one of the economy lounge areas, both inside and out on the deck, either in a covered area or open to the sky. for a few euro more you can get an assigned aircraft-style seat inside, which makes more sense to me for the long 8 hour trip to Santorini. Of course you can still go out on deck to enjoy the sea air and watch the activity as the ship stops at other islands on the way, but you will be able to come inside and get comfortable whenever you want. Unfortunately on the open ships, as far as I've experienced, smoking is not restricted so it's something you'll have to put up with. There are smoking and non-smoking sections on the faster highspeed ferries, though.

To learn more about the Blue Star seating options go to their website and 'mock book' a ticket to see what comes up. …bluestarferries.com/strintzis.asp…

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3. Re: more details re. ferry to Santorini

SLight correction... on both Blue stars, the larger nonsmoking areas are AK 3 (THREE) and AK 5 (five).

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